Plant Profile: Monstera deliciosa

by John Russell

 

A newly formed leaf on M. deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa is known most commonly as the ceriman, split leaf philodendron, or swiss cheese plant. It’s a flowering tropical native to southern Mexico, though can be found growing in the wild across parts of Asia, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and even Florida. A popular indoor plant nearly everywhere else, its iconic leaves are printed on everything from clothing to dishes, jewelry, greeting cards, and all sorts of home décor. Watching new leaves of varying shapes, patterns, and sizes form is a lot of fun and makes Monstera deliciosa a particularly rewarding plant to grow. Below I’ve highlighted the four basics with some tips to keeping them happy. Read more

Wisteria: A Bloom Above the Rest

Wisteria

Wisteria is a genus of plants that stirs feelings of both love and hate among those that know it. The detractors see an invasive plant that grows rapidly, spreads its seeds and seems to never leave once planted. Fans of the genus love its fragrant pendulous racemes loaded with bloom each spring. The common varieties include W. floribunda or Japanese Wisteria and W. sinensis or Chinese Wisteria.  Both vigorous vines quickly reach up to 30’ or more and need a strong support system. Careful siting is important to insure their success in the landscape. Read more